In the reviewed studies rodents given paracetamol during pregnancy, at doses equivalent to those that a pregnant woman may take for pain relief, produced female offspring with fewer eggs. Photograph: Getty Images

Taking paracetamol during pregnancy may impair the future fertility of female offspring, according to a study published in the UK. The drug is a wid(...)

 Noel Dorr: raising such matters required a well thought-out approach as it would be wrong for a visiting delegation to make their hosts feel as if they were saying: “We’re better than you.”  ,

Ministers on trade missions should raise concerns about human rights abuses when visiting states where such issues exist, but only to a point their ho(...)

A young girl holds a sign during an anti-trans fat rally in New York, one of the first places where trans fats were banned. Photograph: Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration in the US is set to ban artery-clogging trans fats, deeming them an unsafe ingredient. The move, announced in early N(...)

A giant squid or Architeuthis. Photograph:  Tsunemi Kubodera via NUI Galway

New research involving an Irish scientist has found that all the giant squid inthe planet’s oceans belong to one single species. Dr Loui(...)